Wonderful walkability & why it matters

5 lakefront parks within 30 minutes

You’ve heard the saying, “Location, Location, Location.”  But there’s something else to consider: “Walkability.”

Travelers are health conscious, and now ask, “Can I get there on foot?”

WalkScore defined

The concept of walkability is promoted by a Seattle-based company called WalksScore.

The company developed a large-scale, public access walkability index that assigns a numerical walkability score to any address in America.  New York City tops the list, with a WalkScore of 89.

Small city walkability

In Canandaigua, our highest WalkScore is 80. It’s a neighborhood one block from downtown, and according to WalkScore, “very walkable.”

Our residence on North Main Street is a half-mile from downtown Canandaigua and has a WalkScore of 54. As the index calculates, it’s “Somewhat walkable.”  I certainly enjoy walking to work from there.

Walkability on Canandaigua Lake

But does “walkability” apply to Canandaigua Lake homes? I grew up on the distant south end of the lake, and it was difficult and unsafe to walk there.

So when we discovered this nearby cottage on the northeast shore of Canandaigua Lake, just 400 steps away from the city line, we were elated.

Our location earns a WalkScore of 29, or “car dependent,” where “Most errands require a car.”

“29” still sounds low, right?

Where can you walk to?

Yet our WalkScore of 29 is higher than any other vacation rental property on Canandaigua Lake.

And unlike anyplace else on Canandaigua Lake, you don’t need a car at our cottage. Especially on vacation, you want to drive less and relax more.

Compared to our east side location, our competitors across the lake on West Lake Road earn a WalkScore of 3 or less: “Almost all errands require a car.”

East vs. West, us or them, here’s what the choice of lake locations means to you:

Within a 30 minute walk from our east side cottage you’ll reach NY Kitchen, 5 lakefront parks, 4 places for wine & beer tastings, shops, CMAC concerts, restaurants, Wegmans and more.

But on the west side, walk 30 minutes and you barely reach NY Kitchen. And it’s hot, because there’s no shade lake air to cool you.

Mapping reveals the difference

WalkScore lets you calculate distances and maps for time and travel modes.

If you stayed on Canandaigua Lake’s remote west side, here’s what your 30-minute walk to area attractions looks like:

30 minute walking range from busy West Lake Road

But if you stay at our convenient location on the northeast shore, here’s what that same 30-minute walk looks like:

30 minute walking range from Fallbrook Cove – it’s all nearby!

Look what’s in walking distance of Fallbrook Cove:

Save time, gas & money by staying at our convenient location

By any measure, our northeast lakeshore location is the most walkable part of Canandaigua Lake. You’ll save time, gas and money at Fallbrook Cove.

Walkable Canandaigua lakefront

Canandaigua Lake is 16 miles long, and you’ll find most of its parks concentrated on the north end, in the City of Canandaigua.

Kershaw Park on Canandaigua Lake
Kerhaw Park is a popular walking destination

The chain of lakefront parks, lakeside attractions and the adjacent resorts have always made the City of Canandaigua the “Chosen Place.”

And it’s all nearby!

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Young Lion Brewing Company

Young Lion Brewing Company

We recently attended a retirement party at Young Lion Brewing Company, located at 24 Lakeshore Drive. While we had previously visited the downstairs tap room and patio, this time the event was on the second floor.

Young Lion Brewing Company is less than a mile from Fallbrook Cove

The second floor was originally built for a restaurant but when that restaurant owner backed out, Young Lion owners decided to fill the void.

The food was good, the service great, but I’m older now, and found the music too loud for conversation. It was raining the night we were there – otherwise we would have relaxed on the second-floor deck, which was available but still wet.

I tried some local unoaked Chardonnay, which I found delicious. The view from the second story room is amazing – the huge windows really capture the lake.

Located in the Pinnacle North mixed-use building overlooking Kershaw Park, Young Lion has an industrial-style vibe, a second-story large events room that has a gorgeous view down Canandaigua Lake, a tap room and an outdoor patio.

Young Lion has an outdoor patio and game area that draws a young crowd

With apartments upstairs, Young Lion draws a young crowd, something I confirmed when I took the next photo – a limo bus with a party of twenty-somethings enjoying the Young Lion selections.

This is a critical demographic for any successful neighborhood, and Young Lion has figured out how to attract the right crowd.

Young Lion is based in the Pinnacle North, a mixed use complex in Canandaigua

You can walk to Young Lion from Fallbrook Cove. Here’s a map:

Young Lion Brewing Company is one mile from Fallbrook Cove

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Lakefront Park

Lakefront Park
The public docks at Lakefront Park on Canandaigua Lake

Lakefront Park is the eastern-most park on Canandaigua Lake’s north shore. Visitors might assume that Lakefront Park is part of Kershaw Park but it’s actually a separate park

Lakefront Park has a public dock donated to the City of Canandaigua. To the east of the public dock you’ll find the Canandaigua Lady, an authentic paddle wheeler.

Here’s how Lakefront Park looks today:

Today, the Canandaigua Lady docks at Lakefront Park on Canandaigua Lake

For several decades, Roseland Park amusement rides operated on the north shore of Canandaigua Lake. Here’s one that I used to ride over the lake:

Former Roseland Park’s Starlighter ride that once ran over Canandaigua Lake

Visit the park and see if you find those two red bases today. I miss the double row of huge willow trees that used to line the path. Those trees are visible on the left side of the photo.

When Roseland closed, developers purchased the land to build a hotel complex. That complex, called Finger Lakes Resort, is now under construction, and will consist of a hotel, restaurant, condominiums and conference center. Here’s how it looked in April, 2019:

Finger Lakes Resort under construction on Canandaigua Lake

The City of Canandaigua bought two surplus parcels from the developer resulting in the creation of Lakefront Park and Lagoon Park.

Here’s a map to Lakefront Park:

Lakefront Park is a half-mile away from Fallbrook Cove

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